SBIFF's New Home

We have found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand our current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

32nd SBIFF

Wednesday February 1 – Saturday February 11, 2017
200+ Films + Celebrity Tributes + Panel Discussions + Filmmaker Q&A’s + Daily FREE Community Events + Educational Programs FOR ALL AGES

Kirk Douglas Award

What an amazing evening we had with three remarkable women. We were tremendously honored to present Jane Fonda with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Thank you to everyone that supported the evening. All proceeds raised will benefit our educational programs.


Opening Night

SBIFF had the US Premiere of Mark Osborne’s THE LITTLE PRINCE. Mark, Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy joined us to kick off the premiere and the 31st SBIFF.

Maltin Modern Master Award

Johnny Depp received the coveted Maltin Modern Master Award presented by UGG after an intimate and career spanning discussion with award namesake and SBIFF friend Leonard Maltin. Director Scott Cooper presented the award.

Mike's Field Trip to the Movies

SBIFF bussed in 4,000 elementary school kids to watch INSIDE OUT and to hear from writer/director Pete Docter about the art of filmmaking.

American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams joined SBIFF to discuss the powerful film SPOTLIGHT. They were presented with the American Riviera Award presented by Engel & Völkers by writer/director Todd McCarthy.

AppleBox Family Films

SBIFF’s AppleBox family films screened 4 films for free to low-income families during the 31st SBIFF and every received complimentary popcorn and refreshments.

Producers Panel

SBIFF’s Producers Panel was moderated by Los Angeles Times’ Glenn Whipp and featured Ed Guiney (ROOM), Finola Dwyer (BROOKLYN), Steve Golin (SPOTLIGHT), Jeremy Kliner (THE BIG SHORT), and Mary Parent (THE REVENANT)

Writers Panel

SBIFF’s Writers Panel was moderated by TOH!’s Anne Thompson and featured Pete Docter (“Inside Out”), Emma Donoghue (“Room”), Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), Drew Goddard (“The Martian”), Jonathan Herman (“Straight Outta Compton”), Charlie Kaufman (“Anomalisa”), Phyllis Nagy (“Carol”), Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”), and Josh Singer (“Spotlight”)

Virtuosos Award

SBIFF’s Virtuosos Award sponsored by Travel + Leisure was presented to Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy)
Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Géza Röhrig (Son of Saul), Jacob Tremblay (Room), and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) after a fun conversation with moderator Dave Karger.

Super Silent Sunday

On Super Bowl Sunday, SBIFF presented the classic silent film ROBIN HOOD for free with live accompaniment by Adam Aceto on the Arlington’s Wonder Morton Theatre Pipe Organ.

Outstanding Performers of the Year Award

Saoirse Ronan had an exciting look back on here career with moderator Pete Hammond followed by the presentation of the Outstanding Performers of the Year Award.

Montecito Award

The Montecito Award presented by Hennessy Paradis Imperial was awarded to Sylvester Stallone by his friend Carl Weathers following an inspiring conversation moderated by Pete Hammond.

Artisans Award

Following an insightful conversation with Variety’s Tim gray, the Variety Artisans Award was presented to Carter Burwell (original score – Carol), Hank Corwin (film editing – The Big Short), Mark Mangini (sound editing – Mad Max: Fury Road), Arthur Max (production design – The Martian), John Seale (cinematography – Mad Max: Fury Road), Patrick Tubach (visual effects – Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Diane Warren (original song – The Hunting Ground), and Jacqueline West (costume design – The Revenant)

Outstanding Directors Award

The Oustanding Directors of the Year Award sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter was presented to Lenny Abrahamson (ROOM), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (THE REVENANT), Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT), Adam McKay (THE BIG SHORT), and George Miller (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD) following a great conversation moderated by Scott Feinberg.

Cinema Vanguard Award

Rooney Mara received the Cinema Vanguard Award from director Todd Haynes following a conversation with moderator Joe McGovern.

Women's Panel

SBIFF’s Women’s Panel was moderated by Madelyn Hammond and featured Susan Cartsonis (STOREFRONT PICTURES), Svetlana Cvetko (THE ARCHITECT – Cinematographer), Alison Eastwood (BATTLECREEK – Director), Liz Garbus (WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? – Director), Shannon McIntosh (HATEFUL EIGHT – Producer), and Rosa Tran (ANOMALISA – Producer)

10-10-10 Student Competition

10 groups of high school and college students made 10 short films in 10 days after months of mentorship from industry professionals. Awards were given after a free screening of all films on the last day of SBIFF.

Filmmaker Seminars

At the 31st SBIFF the Engel & Völkers Pavilion hosted daily free filmmaker seminars covering different topics such as documentary, social justice and international filmmaking.

Engel & Völkers Pavilion

at the 31st SBIFF the Engel & Völkers Pavilion was also home to several “Studio Parties” where Passholders could come to grab a cocktail, discuss film, and get a little dancing in.

700 Volunteers

SBIFF would not be able to do what it does without the dedicated and amazing 700 volunteers that help every year! Thank you!

Schedule of Events

The Wave Film Festival ~ FRANCE – July 11 – 17, 2016

Kirk Douglas Award – TBA

32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival – February 1 – 11, 2017


SBIFF’s new home at the historic Riviera Theatre

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre. The Riviera Theatre will allow SBIFF to expand their current slate of education programs, preserve an important historic landmark, and create a cultural hub for all things film.

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2016 Award Winning Films Announced

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), presented by UGG®, announced today the highly-anticipated winners for its 31st year at a breakfast held in their honor. Ten winning films in as many categories were announced, culminating in the coveted audience award which went to THE CULPABLE.

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